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Junior golfers compete at Yampa Valley Golf Course

David Pressgrove

Although numbers were down from the past four years at the 19th annual Yampa River Junior Classic, the quality of golfers was just as strong Tuesday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

“After ‘Tiger mania’ three or four years ago we were drawing a lot more kids to this tournament,” said YVGC pro Tom Dockstader. “But since then the numbers have gone down, but the quality golfers has remained.”

The winner in the 15-17 advanced boys division was Jerrad Brown from Rifle. He shot a 74 to finish one stroke ahead of Evan Pressley from Craig.

The oldest girls division that had more than one competitor was the 10-12 age group and its winner was Melissa Martin with a 51 for nine holes. Meghan Innes and Abby Haynes from Craig finished second and fourth respectively.

“It would have been nice to see more girls out here,” Dockstader said, acknowledging that some of the older girls were at volleyball camp this week.

In total, 79 golfers hit the links Tuesday, down from more than 100 in most of the past tournaments. Yet Dockstader said he wasn’t too disappointed because of the quality of the players.

“We had a competitive tournament throughout the advanced and novice divisions,” he said. “We tried to arrange the divisions to be as close as possible and it worked out that way.”

“Even though there are less numbers out for golf now in the younger ages, it seems that it is more specialized with kids that really want to play golf,” added YVGC Pro Chuck Cobb.

None of the golfers went home empty handed. They all received visors and a free lunch courtesy of the golf course and its staff.

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